“It wouldn’t make sense to spend your money to buy a skateboard that doesn’t match your style, right?”
As a skateboarder, you want to ride safely with style and on that ideal skateboard that leaves an impression. But with so many skateboard brands around, selecting the best skateboard or best longboard that is the right choice for you requires serious help.
For this reason, (after hours of effort in researching and testing) we present to you a list of the best skateboards 2018 manufactured by top skateboard brands that you can buy to make sure you get your money’s worth!
The table below gives you a brief idea about the skateboards that make it to our list of the top 10 best skateboards of 2018. For your ease, we have divided this list into two sections for best longboards and top standard skateboards.
Best Longboards 2018
|Skateboard Name||Skateboard Brand||Customer Rating||Weight (in pounds)|
|Ten Toes Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard|
|Quest Super Cruiser Longboard||Quest Skateboards||8.4||10.5|
|Atom Drop-Through Longboard||Atom Longboards||9||9|
|Volador Freeride Longboard Cruiser||Volador||9||7.75|
|Rimable Drop-Through Longboard||Rimable||9||7.6|
Best Skateboards 2018
|Skateboard Name||Skateboard Brand||Customer Rating||Weight (in pounds)|
|Penny Australia Classic Complete Skateboard|
|KPC Pro Skateboard Complete||KPC||8.2||4.77|
|Ridge Glow in the Dark Cruiser Skateboard||Ridge Skateboards||8.6||6.2|
|Skatro Mini Cruiser Skateboard Complete||Skatro||9.4||4.95|
|Minority Maple Skateboard||Minority||9.3||5.05|
1. Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard Cruiser – Best Longboard for Beginners
This longboard manufactured by Ten Toes brand is suitable for you regardless of whether you are a skateboarding beginner or a professional. All of the features of this longboard like the materials, finish, shape and size not only make it pleasing to look at but help you enjoy a very smooth ride through the streets on a beautiful morning or a quiet, serene night. It’s available in a variety of different fusions of colors and shades and the kicktail at the end of the board makes it a fun ride.
Moreover, this Ten Toes board is very durable and you can ride it out in various terrains including the pavement or an area laden with debris or rocks. The deck can support individuals weighing up to 150 kg (Whoa!) and is ideal for the big guys. Moreover, the stiff board makes it stable and one of the best longboards for beginners. It is also light and portable for you to carry when you want to shift from skating to walking.
In addition, the wheels and bearings contribute to the smooth ride and make it one of the most ideal longboards for carving. The other features of the board that make it a smooth and amazing ride are its 70 by 51 mm wheels that have a rock finish and make it durable, kingpin trucks that make it a smooth slide and are also lightweight plus rugged. The wheel biting effect is also reduced through the milled wheels and the anti-bite technology that the board has.
As much as we are in love with the ten toes board, the trucks of the board can be squeaky and loose. You might need to fasten them to the deck again. Considering that the trucks are not much of an issue, I think the smooth and easy breezy ride on the Ten Toes Emporium Zed Bamboo board definitely makes it our top choice as the best beginner longboard.
With that said, we are going to take a look at both the pros and cons of the Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard Cruiser.
2. Quest Super Cruiser Longboard Skateboard – Best Longboard for Cruising
Quest, one of the best longboard brand, has also created a top longboard catering to the needs of all kinds of riders ranging from beginners to intermediates. This board called the Quest Super Cruiser longboard is one that you need by your side before you begin your adventurous ride. It gives you the perfect smooth yet thrilling ride as it can be used for different riding styles like freeriding, downhill riding and is undoubtedly one of the best skateboards for cruising.
The design of the Quest Super Cruiser longboard, which is a fusion of attractive colors and the shiny finish of the bamboo, gives it an attractive look for the riders. The fun style and colors are perfect for the skateboarders that enjoy the thrill of the ride and love to cruise through the sunny days in streets. The bamboo deck is able to hold more weight without sagging in the middle owing to its structure. The high-quality deck of this board also gives it good traction which means that the grip of the board while drawing itself over the surface of the road or pavement is amazing even if it’s wet. This is definitely a unique advantage that the Quest Super Cruiser longboard offers.
Moreover, the 70 mm polyurethane wheels are excellent and versatile in the sense that they offer a lot of advantages. The wheels have a high level of hardness, 80A on the scale. Hard wheels offer the advantage of being faster, safer and help in the giving a flat ride even on rough terrains. The wheels are unique in the sense that they are inch open making it an ideal longboard for downhill riding style too.
The 7 inches, durable aluminium trucks are strong and their durability has a good life. The trucks are also large enough to avoid the issue of wheel biting. The trucks are solid and will help you in making sudden turns and escape crashing. The bushings, although, good for a smooth and sharp carving of turn, are not very unique. The bushings in this longboard are pretty common in terms of the features that it offers.
The bearings of the skateboard, on the other hand, are good and provide satisfactory performance for beginner to intermediate levels. The bearings have a rating of 7 on the ABEC scale.
However, we will not declare Quest Super Cruiser longboard to be perfect as one drawback is that it takes a bit of force to get the longboard going fast. But all of its other exciting features makes it one of the best longboards under 100.
Let us now look at some of the pros and cons of the Quest Super Cruiser Longboard.
3. Atom Drop-Through Longboard – Best Beginner Longboard
Atom longboards is a fast growing name within the consumers’ community, as it offers its riders the best of both the worlds, low price and great quality. Amazingly enough, it costs almost half of what its direct competitors are charging you and yet does not compromise much on the quality of the longboards. The name Atom, is also well known for the large variety of longboards that it offers to the longboard riding community.
Its versatility is also extended to its target consumers; Atom longboards are also considered to be the best longboards for beginners and are also equally great for intermediates and experts as well. It is definitely your must-have longboard if you are a new skater who is looking for a high-quality longboard but not quite ready to spend a lot on it, just yet. This is definitely your go-to skateboard if you are on the lookout for something great for your budget and for practice.
Now, we introduce one of our personal favorites from the Atom longboards collection, the Atom drop through longboard. Its specifications include a fully maple laminated deck with eye catchy graphics, bearings that have been rated as 5 on the ABEC scale and in its “green woody” style. Its other high-quality materials include Reverse King Pin (RKP) longboard trucks (245mm axles) and 70x46mm super high rebound (SHR) urethane wheels. All of these materials, together, make this Atom longboard one of the best longboards for commuting.
What’s more, is that you will absolutely love the turning leverage of this longboard while speeding away. The turning leverage has been made prominent through the use of double barrel bushings. These bushings make sure you carve out the perfect turn. The stability and smoothness will be evident all through the ride! Pretty amazing huh?
But hold on, there is one flaw. The Atom longboard is not too great for people looking for a longboard to go downhill riding. Yet, it has amazing features that helped it get on our best longboards 2018 list. The sleek design of this Atom product also makes it one of the best longboards for college campus as you want to look sharp riding on this amazing board.
Up next, pros and cons of this exciting Atom longboard.
4. Volador Freeride Longboard Complete Cruiser – Best Longboard for Downhill Style
The Volador 42inch freeride longboard is an excellent longboard for cruising (clearly, as the name suggests), the Volador longboard is one of our top choices for best skateboards for downhill and carving styles as well. It is one of the masterpieces created by the company Volador with its striking appearance, attractive color scheme and great quality. Moreover, the unique styled boards are also available in other styles and colors, depending upon your personal preference of the outward look of the board.
The deck is 42 inches long (duh!), extremely strong (can give support to the heaviest of riders, so your weight is really no issue!) built with a camber drop through and its flexibility allows it to be a great shock absorber (makes carving sharp turns much easier). The deck is made out of an 8ply hard rock maple and materials like epoxy glue makes it better at heat resistance.
Moving on, the kingpin trucks are made out of aluminium and are 7 inches, offering a 45 to 50-degree adjustability window. This also makes taking sharp turns easier and ensures a stable, smooth ride through easy manoeuvrability. The following features also make Volador one of the best longboards for dancing and sliding.
The longboard has been manufactured to include other features too that ensure a smooth ride for you guys, whether you are a longboard beginner or a professional. Some of these features include a) bearings that have been rated at a 9 on the ABEC ratings which make the ride quite smooth b) durable 70x51mm 78A PU wheels c) Relatively light to carry around d) Relatively cheaper. All these features together make it the best cheap longboard for beginners who are learning how to ride longboards.
Realistically, the Volador board is not flawless as it is not the ideal longboard for commuting over long distances but nonetheless is the best longboard for downhill style riding. With that, let us look at some of the pros and cons of the Volador Freeride Longboard Complete Cruiser.
5. Rimable Drop-through Longboard – Best Cruising and Cheap Longboard
Rimable is a Chinese based brand manufacturing products like longboards, skateboards, scooters and fitness gear. The brand has grown to become renowned and even though does not offer a huge variety of longboards or have its own website, the boards that it does manufacture have gained quite a lot of fame within its consumers and longboard riders.
The main feature of this particular Rimable longboard is, that it has a drop through deck as opposed to a pintail deck. The Rimable longboard drop through deck, essentially has a lowered platform that means that they are closer to the ground. This provides the advantage of greater stability especially if you are a fan of cruising at high speeds.
The deck is made out of original Canadian maple and is 41 by 9.5 inches in size, making it a good quality board. The deck is deemed to be pretty flexible although it does not follow a camber style (which means that the nose and tail of the deck are on the same height as the centre of the deck). The deck is also based on the cutouts feature which means that there will be no issue of wheel biting.
The 51mm wheels of this longboard are on the harder side and yet the problem of lower grip with higher wheels has been solved by providing a flexible board. This means that not only can you go faster but the grip will not be compromised either.
The bearings with the rubber shield have been rated as 11 on the ABEC scale. The bearings are fairly good and will not require frequent maintenance.
But the Rimable board lacks in one aspect; the trucks are of standard quality and not that good in the sense that they are a bit loose and might need tightening especially for novice skaters who are learning how to ride longboards. However, since it is one of the best cheap longboard so this is something that can be overlooked. Now, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of the Rimable Drop-Through Longboard.
6. Penny Australia Classic Complete Skateboard – Best Skateboard for Beginners
Penny, the Australian based top skateboard brand for this skateboard, embodies the vision of a company that not only stands for freedom, excitement and fun but also embodies high-quality raw materials and excellence along the technical aspects. It is well known for its skateboards that are like short cruisers. The sleek and smooth Penny skateboard comes with all of its part manufactured with the highest quality including bearings, deck, trucks, bushings and wheels. This is definitely your board to buy right away if you are looking for something that is portable to carry around in your bag or so, but also something that gives you a very smooth and fast ride with tight turns.
The 22 inch Penny Australia Classic skateboard from Penny skateboards is built on the vintage design of skateboards and looks amazing and classy when you ride it through streets, pavements or cruising lightly through your campus. The best part about Penny skateboards is that it will give you the advantage of the fast speed that comes with longboards but will also provide the portability factor.
Now that we know the unique advantages of the Penny skateboard, let us look at the specifications that make it the best penny board out there.
The deck is 22 inches long and is made out of its classic plastic formula which makes it lightweight too built on the classic waffle, non-slip deck that makes it stable too. Its board is also 6 inches in width, which again adds to the portability factor.
The wheels are 59 mm in diameter and 78a on the durometer scale which means that the wheels are hard and makes the skateboard a pretty fast ride! The stainless steel bearings are a good 7 on the ABEC scale and have high tensile bolts. The high tensile bolts mean that the skateboard is capable of withstanding stress and pressure before breaking. The trucks are 3 inches and made out of cast aluminium that add to the amazing ride of this skateboard.
The only downside is that you can not use this penny board to pull off any tricks of jumps you had in mind. Other than that, it is simply the top penny board, guys!
Up next, pros and cons of this amazing beginner skateboard.
7. KPC Pro Skateboard Complete – Best Skateboard for Cruising
Being one of the best cruiser skateboards around town, KPC Pro Skateboard Complete is a sleek, beautifully designed skateboard with premium quality materials used in its manufacturing. The good-looking deck, created by the skateboard brand Krown, is a good 7.75 inches in length and has been designed on the black and white checkered theme. It is a solid deck with good quality Canadian maple used as its raw material and the skateboard is not even that heavy to carry around. In fact, it is pretty light and weighs around 1 pound.
The KPC Pro skateboard features black grip tape and the other raw materials are standard. One of the most impressive qualities of this KPC Pro skateboard is its wheels. The white wheels Krown graphic, sized around 52 mm are wide and offer the board a good level of stability. The Krown skateboard offers rust proofing to the wheels too which reduces the need for frequent maintenance. The wheels make the skateboard a smooth ride and people currently using these boards love it.
The black trucks made out of heavy-duty aluminium alloy and give the board a premium feel. In addition to black aluminium trucks, the skateboard also has bearings that have been rated as 7 on the ABEC rating scale. The overall structure of the board makes it a very well balanced board and excellent for cruising purposes; it is like a “mini cruiser”.
If you are wondering about any downsides, sure there are a few but nothing that would put the deal off the table. The drawback is that the bearings are not the best and the wheels are a little hard to roll. However, if you are looking to give this skateboard to someone as a gift, then let me also tell you that it is one of the best skateboards for kids so get ordering the perfect present.
Let us now look at some of the pros and cons of KPC Pro Skateboard Complete.
8. Ridge Glow in the Dark Cruiser Skateboard – Best Skateboard for Tricks
The fast-growing Ridge brand, is one of its kind in UK, as it is the only company that builds mini cruisers in Europe. It is the only mini cruiser brand that isn’t made in China. The brand has been riding on a wave of popularity as it provides quality boards at good prices and thus, has a fast growing fan base that has permeated from UK to USA now. The niche that Ridge focuses on is mini skateboards very much like Penny.
However, the main difference between the skateboards of Penny and Ridge is the fact that Ridge offers these boards at a much reasonable price. So if you are looking for a mini cruiser and have budget constraints, Ridge skateboards are definitely the answer to your prayers! The quality of the Ridge skateboards can also be affirmed by the fact there is a lot of information available on the brand.
This particular Ridge skateboard is a good 27 inches in length and is 1.5 inches wider than the original Ridge board. Its bigger size tends to make it more stable and also more suitable when carving out turns and gives it a larger turning radius. It is a good buy if you are looking for a mini cruiser that is the best skateboard for pulling off those amazing skateboard tricks. (Your friends are going to be really impressed!) Its stability due to its greater width is definitely one of the factors that makes it ideal for performing skateboard tricks.
Also, since the deck is 27 inches long and wide, not only is it amazing for tricks but it is also an amazing cruise for all beginners. So, if you are looking to buy your first mini cruiser, Ridge Glow in the Dark Cruiser Skateboard is definitely an amazing buy. The sleek finish of this Ridge skateboard also makes it one of the best skateboards for college campus as you want to look sharp while riding this board on the way to college.
Moving on, the bearings are probably one of the weak points for this penny board and could have been improved but otherwise it is an amazing skateboard for its price. The trucks with 87A super soft yellow bushings, are 4 inches wide and offer high performance. It has 59 mm (diameter) and 78PU A wheels that mesh quite well with the other hardware making it a perfect skateboard for tricks.
9. Skatro – Mini Cruiser Skateboard – Best Cruiser Skateboard
Moving onto one of the most unique brands, we present the Skatro skateboard. The Skatro mini cruiser skateboard is distinguished from its competing skateboards through the presence of two unique elements. The first one is the “Skatro flexy technology”, which is its unique manufacturing process that ensures the optimal amount of flex has been provided to all of the Skatro mini cruiser skateboards.
This technology uses a special machine that calculates and ensures that no skateboard has been given more than or less than the optimum amount of plastic. This is because too much plastic can make the board too stiff while too less plastic might make it more malleable. This helps in maintaining the consistent stiffness in all Skatro skateboards. Another process, the pressure check ensures that the board flexes to the expected level. Skatro is the only brand that makes use of these technologies, because of which Skatro has been known to have the “smoothest mini cruisers” among all its competitors.
This is not it, guys! Skatro mini cruiser also has another distinguishing feature: the bearings. Unlike other brands, Skatro does not use traditional bearings made out of carbon steel. In fact, their bearings are made out of bearing steel that has a dual advantage. It is significantly harder than carbon steel and also prevents friction during rotation. Bearing steel is capable of withstanding much more wear and tear and hence, lasts longer without needing any frequent maintenance. It tends to outperform its competitors and is proved to be much more durable as well.
The dream does not end here though. We do have some other amazing specifications too. To further enhance its performance, it has bearings that have been rated at a 7 on the ABEC scale. The wheels are 59MM and made out of urethane to enhance the ride. The skateboard also comes with a T tool (which, by the way, is a $10 in value). And finally, the gold aluminum trucks seal the deal for this best cruiser skateboard.
However, there can be issues with the rigidity of the board for some skateboard riders. Some users feel that the flex is a little too much while standing on the middle of the board. Otherwise, this is a great skateboard and the pros massively outweigh the few cons.
10. Minority Maple skateboard – Best Skateboard for Beginner Adults
Over the last few years, Minority skateboards, as a brand, has managed to establish itself as one of the best skateboard brands internationally. According to the company statistics, over 20,000 skateboard riders chose to buy Minority skateboards to enjoy the perfect ride. Minority skateboard intends on growing and offering the best quality skateboards to their consumers. The brand is run by a team of skilled athletes who are well versed in the science of professionalism, especially when it comes to manufacturing best quality skateboards.
This Minority 32 inch pure maple skateboard is one of the finest skateboards and is a combination of high-quality materials. The deck is made up of 7 ply hard rock maple and epoxy glue. This makes it extremely hard, durable and capable of holding a weight of up to 220 lbs. The deck is made up of 100 % maple making it a premium quality deck.
The design of the deck is a mediate concave, with a spacious kick tail and nose. This means that this should be definitely on your buy list if you are looking for the best skateboard for carving out turns, sharp manoeuvrability and great for pulling off skateboard tricks.
The strength of the skateboard is also complemented by its other high-performance materials such as the 5-Inch trucks which are cast by genuine aluminium alloy coupled with carbon steel kingpin and 78A high rebound PU bushing.
One important component for pulling off good skateboard tricks is a decent speed. To provide faster speed, this skateboard has ABEC-9 precision bearings that have been manufactured by pure chrome steel and excellent 52mm 102A PU wheels. The wheels are pretty hard which also help in giving the skateboard the optimum speed needed to pull off the tricks, to cruise through the streets or for general faster transportation.
We didn’t find much wrong with this board apart from the average trucks, otherwise it is an ideal best budget cheap skateboard and definitely gives you value for money.